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Fear Of Flying (Overview)

The term for fear of flying is Aerophobia.


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What's the best way to treat my fear of flying?

What's the best way to treat my fear of flying?

There is no best way: Treatment depends on severity of the fear and the availability and cost of treatment. There a number of organizations that provide support at little or no cost. Access to treatment is a factor as well.Desensitization treatment is well recognized as an effective intervention.Some treatment can't even get started without some medication.That combination eventually allows meds to gradually stop. ...Read more

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Fear Of Flying (Overview)

The term for fear of flying is Aerophobia.


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How do I get rid of fear of growing old?

How do I get rid of fear of growing old?

Fear of aging: Its not so much growing old as deteriorating therefore there are things that can be done to stay vital and youthful actually exercising and eating right and staying out of the sun will affect how you feel and keep you fit - its possible to be in better shape in your fifties than twenty year olds. Work it! also 90% of outward signs of aging are from the sun, so dont! alcohol and drugs - bad! ...Read more

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How can I get over a fear of flying?

How can I get over a fear of flying?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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How could i cure my fear of flying?

Pteromerhanophobia: Consider Cognitive Behavior, Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis. ...Read more

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What can be done for fear of flying?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-your family physician should be able to provide a referral to an appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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What should I do about my fear of flying?

Knowledge: For many, fear comes from not knowing. Knowledge will many times alleviate fear. As such, some airlines offer programs to help those with a fear of flying. These hands-on programs basically provide you with greater knowledge of the safety of air travel, giving you an opportunity to sit in an airplane, see the cockpit, etc. These were more popular pre 9-11, but still may be available. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat my fear of flying?

There is no best way: Treatment depends on severity of the fear and the availability and cost of treatment. There a number of organizations that provide support at little or no cost. Access to treatment is a factor as well.Desensitization treatment is well recognized as an effective intervention.Some treatment can't even get started without some medication.That combination eventually allows meds to gradually stop. ...Read more

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What can I do in order to fly if I have a huge fear of flying?

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Talk to someone: The best place to start is to talk with your doctor, they can recommend a counselor or a behavioral medicine specialist for you to talk to about techniques to deal with your fears. There are effective programs that can help you. As a last resort, a limited amount of a anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Can special medicines decrease the alarming symptoms of the fear of flying?

Yes: Benzodiazepines, such as xanax, are quick acting medications that produce a mild sedative effect. They can be taken one to two hours before a flight to reduce anxiety symptoms. These medications need a physician prescription. Beta blockers are another class of medications used to treat phobias. They are used on a short term basis to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety (sweating and trembling). ...Read more

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How can I get over fear of flying?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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How can I get over a fear of flying?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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How do I get over my fear of flying?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-your family physician should be able to provide a referral to an appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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How can I overcome my fear of flying?

How can I overcome my fear of flying?

Several ways: One way is to see a therapist for cognitive-behavioral therapy, and as you feel ready, have gradual exposure to your fear. In some people, hypnosis can be effective. There are also courses put out by airlines -- and by private parties such as: http://www.Fearlessflight.Com/ of course, your physician may also prescribe you a low dose benzodiazepine such as Ativan or xanax (alprazolam) to use pre-flight. ...Read more

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How can I get over my fear of flying?

How can I get over my fear of flying?

Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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What to do if i cannot get over my fear of flying?

Overcoming fear: The treatments we have for this are so effective for fear of flying that upwards of 80 percent and sometimes even more people who get the treatment can fly, flying treatment consists of a "fairly standard" combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy. That includes identifying the patient's "fear-provoking thoughts" and challenging them, then getting the patient to "gradually confront" the fear, by imagining flying and then doing it. Some programs use flight simulators or virtual reality programs; others put patients on airplanes on the ground and in the air, accompanied by counselors. Either way, "the core of treatment is exposure" to the sensations of flying ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to overcome my fear of flying?

Aviophobia =: fear of flying. Consider Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Behavioral Therapy, psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis to deal with your fears. ...Read more

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Is there a medication that can help me get over my fear of flying?

Yes. : In my practice, i regularly treat patients with fears of flying. After a thorough evaluation, i may prescribe a medication like Alprazolam or clonazepam, which they can take an hour or so before flying. This calms them down enough to allow them to fly and become desensitized to the fears. Other types of exposure therapies are helpful, but this treatment regimen has worked well for my patients. ...Read more

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Could you recommend a hypnotist to help me to overcome my fear of flying and heights?

Could you recommend a hypnotist to help me to overcome my fear of flying and heights?

You have options: Hyponosis is one approach, but today's methods of dealing with phobias by talk and progressive exposure may work as well or better without the mystique. Here's a video of how a phobia is handled using cognitive-behavioral therapy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y8VKs3__cA ...Read more

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Please tell me what to do if traveling with someone with fear of flying to calm them down?

Encourage friend to: Reduce anxiety by deep breathing. Breath in deeply & slowly through the nostrils. Hold air in lungs for 5 count before slowly exhaling through an open mouth. Repeat . Focus on your breathing. ...Read more

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Can beta blocker's help to overcome fear of flying?

Can beta blocker's help to overcome fear of flying?

Beta blockers: Beta blockers block some of the catecholamine response to stress. They are not tranquilizers per se and generally don't cause relaxation though the removal of the stress reaction can be relaxing in itself. ...Read more

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Will taking 1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) work for a moderate fear of flying?

Will taking 1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) work for a moderate fear of flying?

Way too much: Sometimes because 1 mg seems like a really low dose, people forget (including some of my colleagues) that Alprazolam is a very potent drug, and that 1 mg of xanax (alprazolam) is the equivalent of up to 15 mg of valium. Doctors starting valium will give no more than 5 mg (sometimes 1-2 mg in the elderly or benzo-naive). Xanax (alprazolam) should be started at 0.25 - 0.5 mg for most people.And yes it can reduce that anxiety. ...Read more

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more